Xavier hosts Community Building Institute conference

Conference presents talks and panels on how to revitalize neighborhood business districts | June 24, 2004

The Community Building Institute, the result of a partnership between Xavier University and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, is hosting a conference on exploring ways to revitalize struggling neighborhood business districts.

The conference, titled “Revitalizing Neighborhood Business Districts from Within,” features two keynote speakers who are addressing the topic of unleashing the economic and entrepreneurial power of neighborhood residents.

“So often when we talk about neighborhood business districts we are asking what the public sector can do,” says Liz Blume, CBI associate director. “In this case we are going to hear from private investors who have made the personal decision to invest their time and money into city neighborhoods, and make it work. That is a different way to look at neighborhood business district revitalization.”

The seminar also features a panel discussion on the topic of real-life lessons for growing and sustaining neighborhood business districts. This panel includes three local business owners who made the choice to invest in Cincinnati neighborhoods: Dr. Dottie Shaffer, who recently opened a full spectrum medical practice in North Avondale, Atif Randolf, who re-opened Simone’s at DeSales Corner, and Joe Wegman, who renovated a block of buildings in Price Hill.

The conference takes place at the Schiff Family Conference Center on July 8 from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Cost is $50, which includes lunch, and reservations must be received by June 30. For more information, call 513 745-3348.